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December 16, 2006 at 2:52 PM

PSU on tap

Due to all the weather stuff going on around here, we had a truncated sports section in the paper today, which means the Husky basketball preview was a little truncated.
So here’s the full version of the story:
Lorenzo Romar has a general philosophy of not wanting to schedule non-conference games against fellow coaches he considers close friends.
“That doesn’t speak well for me, does it,” laughed Portland State coach Ken Bone.
Actually, it says volumes.
While UW’s scheduling tactics have generated lots of controversy in recent weeks, one thing the Huskies easily agreed to was playing Portland State once Bone got the job done there and came calling. The urge to help a friend, it turns out, was greater than the urge not to want to beat one for Romar.
“Coach Bone wanted to do it,” said Romar. “We put that aside (his usual scheduling philosophy) for this.”
So the Huskies and Portland State will play each of the next three years, allowing Bone to not only sell his program in Seattle — which he considers a key recruiting area for the Vikings — but have a little homecoming, as well.
The two teams meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Edmundson Pavilion.
Bone, a Seattle native and graduate of Shorecrest High, was the head coach at Seattle Pacific — where he played for two years – for 12 seasons, going 258-118. Then when Romer got the UW job in 2002, Bone joined on and helped lead the Huskies back to prominence.
“It was all-encompassing what he did for us,” Romar said, adding that Bone’s previous head coaching experience was particularly helpful. “He didn’t make a lot of guesses.” Bone was particularly instrumental in recruiting Jon Brockman, who played for his brother, Len, at Snohomish.
After UW advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2005, Bone took the Portland State job, though not before a few moments of hesitation. He said he could have been happy being “like a Jim Lambright” and spending the rest of his career at UW, whatever the duty. His wife had also just finished remodeling the family’s dream house in Richmond Beach and wasn’t anxious to move.
But the more Bone investigated it, the more Portland State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, appealed to him. It’s close enough to home, and it’s a school that can annually be competitive in its conference, having won the regular season title in 2005.
“One of the main reasons I took the position is because I felt, and I still do feel, that Portland State can compete for a conference championship, and if you can compete for a conference championship, you have an opportunity to get into the NCAA Tournament,” Bone said.
That’s something Portland State has never done, losing out on a chance in 2005 when it lost in the Big Sky conference tournament to Montana, a team the Huskies beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
But Bone appears to have PSU again on the doorstep as the Vikings enter tonight’s game 7-3, a ledger that includes a win at Arizona State.
Bone isn’t the only former Husky making a homecoming tonight. Next to him on the bench is former UW point guard Curtis Allen, who played for the Huskies from 2000-04.
“I had a couple of offers to (play) overseas but nothing to go crazy about,” Allen said. “When coach Romar and his staff came my junior year, they really inspired me to get into coaching the way they dealt with players and the way they carried themselves and just their love for the game.”
Not that the switch from Bob Bender to Romar was always easy for Allen. He was a starter and a featured player under Bender, but his role diminished under Romar once players like Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy began to emerge. But after some brief struggles with it, Allen thrived as a backup as UW made its turnaround in 2004 to make it to the NCAA Tournament. In his last game as a Husky, he was carried off the floor after a win over previously undefeated Stanford.
Allen says the way Romar “handled me, the overall situation I was in really humbled me and gave me a better respect for the game” and also helped
encourage his coaching.
When Bone took over at PSU, Allen — who spent a year assistant at the high school level locally — bugged him for a job. Bone didn’t have an opening initially, but one was created in late summer when another coach left for Oregon.
“You don’t know what you’re getting into until you get into it,” he said. “I remember as a player looking at the coaches and wondering ‘what do you guys do all day?’ You get into it and there is plenty to be done.”
Allen handles a little bit of everything for the Vikings but has been particularly adept at scouting opponents, Bone said.
Neither one, however, figures to have much trouble putting together a scouting report tonight.
CAPSULE PREVIEW
Portland State at Washington
7 p.m. today at Edmundson Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSNW/KJR-AM 950
Records: UW 7-1, Portland State 7-3
Next game: vs. LSU, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Starting lineups
Ht. Yr PPG
Huskies
F Jon Brockman 6-7 So. 11.9
F Quincy Pondexter 6-6 Fr. 16.0
C Spencer Hawes 7-0 Fr. 13.5
G Adrian Oliver 6-3 Fr. 6.9
G Justin Dentmon 5-11 So. 12.3
Vikings
F Juma Kamara 6-6 Sr. 13.6
C Scott Morrison 6-11 Jr. 15.0
G Ryan Sommer 5-11 Jr. 4.8
G Dupree Lucas 6-1 Jr. 11.1
G Deonte Huff 6-4 Jr. 10.0
Also, I won’t be able to be at the game tonight so the blog may be a little quiet. But as always, feel free to leave your comments here.

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